James A. McNeill Whistler prints for sale

American, 1834-1903

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Annie -  WHISTLER

Annie
Etching, 1857-58, Kennedy 10, (iv/V), edition unknown. 4 3/4 x 3 1/8 in. Signed in the plate. This is a fine, early impression of the penultimate state printed on gold-toned chine applique. The margins are wide. The condition is very good apart from a very faint suggestion of discoloration from a previous mat opening and tape reside in places, verso, not affecting the image in any way. Fourth state impressions are far more desirable than final state impressions.
$2,400

Arthur Haden -  WHISTLER

Arthur Haden
Drypoint, 1859, Kennedy 61, (i/III). Exceedingly rare in this state. 9 x 5 15/16 in. This is a superb impression printed on china paper, before the signature and date. The margins are wide and probably untrimmed. The condition is very good. There is a small speck of foxing on the platemark, left side, center, and a small break in the paper, lower left, most likely from the printing process. This exceptional proof impression is a remarkable example of Whistler's ability to capture likeness and personality with great ease and spontaneity. Ex-collection: W.B. Dickerman, New York. (See Lugt 673.) Another first state impression is in the Freer Collection in Washington.
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Becquet -  WHISTLER

Becquet
Drypoint, 1859, edition unknown, Kennedy 52 (iv/IV). 10 x 7 5/8 in. Unsigned. This is fine, dark impression printed with plate tone on a very thin Japanese paper. The margins are wide and this appears to be the full, uncut sheet. The condition is very good other then some slight discoloration from a previous mat opening. There is a small repair in the upper right corner margin well away from the image. This wonderful portrait was published as part of the Thames Set.
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Billingsgate -  WHISTLER

Billingsgate
Etching, 1859, Kennedy 47 (viii/VIII). 6 x 9 in. Signed in the plate. A fine, dark impression with full margins.
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Black Lion Wharf -  WHISTLER

Black Lion Wharf
Etching, 1859, Glasgow 54 (iv/IV), Kennedy 42 (iii/III); edition unknown. 6 x 8 7/8 in. Signed and dated in the plate, lower right. This is an especially fine, crisp impression printed on light cream laid paper. The margins are substantial measuring about 5/8" to 3/4" and the condition is fine. Printed with light plate tone, this very pleasing impression is exemplary for this celebrated plate from the Thames Set. Whistler was fond of this plate and the image appears on the wall in the background of his iconic painting, "Arrangement in Gray and Black, No. 1; Portrait of the Artist's Mother."
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Black Lion Wharf -  WHISTLER

Black Lion Wharf
Etching, 1859, Glasgow 54 (iv/IV), Kennedy 42 (iii/III); edition unknown. 6 x 8 7/8 in. Signed and dated in the plate, lower right. This is a fine, dark impression printed on light cream Japanese paper. The margins are wide and probably full. The condition is fine apart from minor undulations here and there in the margins. This iconic image is one of Whistler's finest Thames prints.
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C.L. Drouet, Sculptor -  WHISTLER

C.L. Drouet, Sculptor
Etching and drypoint, 1859, Glasgow 3 (ii/II, restored), Kennedy 55 (ii/II), edition unknown. 8 3/4 x 6 in. Signed, dated and titled in the plate. This is a good albeit late impression after the cancellation marks have been removed. The paper is a white wove and the margins are wide and probably full.
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Dog on the Kennel -  WHISTLER

Dog on the Kennel
Etching, 1858, Kennedy 18, only state; edition unknown. 2 3/4 x 3 1/2 in. Signed in the plate upper right. This is a fine impression of this rare print. The paper is a thin Japanese with wide margins. Very good condition. Minor discoloration along the very top edge of the sheet. (See The Unsafe Tenement (K17) for some similarities.)
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Eagle Wharf -  WHISTLER

Eagle Wharf
Etching, 1859, Glasgow 50 (i/I), Kennedy 41 (i/I); edition unknown. 5 7/16 x 8 3/8 in. Signed and dated in the plate. This is a superb, dark impression printed on light cream laid paper. The margins are wide and probably untrimmed. The condition is fine apart from a few tiny, incidental losses here and there at the sheet edges. This stellar print was published as part of the Thames Set. Eagle Wharf was in Wapping on the River Thames in London.
$5,500

En Plein Soleil (In Full Sunlight) -  WHISTLER

En Plein Soleil (In Full Sunlight)
Etching, 1858, Glasgow 11 (iii/III); Kennedy 15 (ii/II); edition unknown. 4 x 5 1/4 in. Signed in the plate, lower left. This is a fine impression printed on chine appliqué. The margins are wide measuring about 3 to 3 1/2 inches around. The condition is very good apart from minor staining at the upper edge of the top margin and along the extreme left edge. As indicated in the plate, this impression was printed by Delatre in Paris and was published as part of Whistler's French Set.
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Fanny Leyland -  WHISTLER

Fanny Leyland
Drypoint, 1873, Kennedy 108, (iv/VI), extremely rare in any state. 7 3/4 x 5 1/8 in. Signed in the plate with the butterfly. This is a fine impression of a very rare print. The margins are probably full with a deckle on three sides. The paper is 17th century laid with an old ink inscription, verso. The condition is very good. There is a tiny bit of insect damage in the margin way left and the trace of an old verticle centercrease. Ex-collection: W.B. Dickerman, New York (See Lugt 673.)
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Fumette -  WHISTLER

Fumette
Etching, 1858, Glasgow 12 (v/V), Kennedy 13 (iv/IV); edition unknown. 6 1/2 x 4 3/8 in. Signed in the plate lower right. This is a fine impression printed on off-white laid paper. The margins are wide and the condition is quite good other than for a very faint suggestion of toning from an early mat opening. "Fumette," ("Eloise"); a working girl, a young seamstress or milliner, described in the Glasgow catalogue as a "grisette." She was also known to be a woman of vivid and fiery character.
$1,650

Gabled Roofs (Vitre) -  WHISTLER

Gabled Roofs (Vitre)
Lithograph, 1893, Art Institute of Chicago 64, Way 41, Levy 67. 8 1/2 x 6 1/2 in. One of 53 impressions printed by Goulding in 1904. (There were only 12 lifetime impressions.) A fine impression with full margins. Fine condition other than minor handling creases and surface soiling. The sheet bears the posthumous watermark #219.
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Hurlingham -  WHISTLER

Hurlingham
Etching, 1879, Kennedy 181 (iii/III); edition unknown. 5 3/8 x 7 3/4 in. Signed in the plate with the artist's butterfly signature. This is a fine, luminous impression printed in black ink on off-white laid paper with a fleur-de-lis watermark. The margins are wide. The condition is also fine. This view of the Thames was just up-river from where Whistler lived in Chelsea.
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La Robe Rouge -  WHISTLER

La Robe Rouge
Lithograph, 1894, Art Institute of Chicago 107 (ii/II), Way 68, Levy 96; as published in Studio. 7 1/2 x 6 in. Signed on the stone with the monogram. Fine impression and condition. The full sheet.
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La Robe Rouge -  WHISTLER

La Robe Rouge
Lithograph, 1894, Art Institute of Chicago 107 (ii/II), Levy 96, edition about 3,000. 7 1/2 x 6 in. Signed on the stone with the artist's monogram. This is a fine impression as published in The Studio (6), no.32, November 15, 1895. The margins are full and the condition is fine. This beautiful image is a portrait of Beatrix Whistler, née Birnie Philip.
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Limehouse -  WHISTLER

Limehouse
Etching and drypoint, 1859, Glasgow 48 (vi/VI), Kennedy 40 (iii/III), edition unknown. 5 x 8 in. Signed and dated in the plate, lower right. This is a fine, dark impression of the final state, before cancellation. The paper is a cream-colored fibrous, thin Japanese. The condition is very good apart from slight lightening of the paper within an earlier mat opening. This print was published as part of Whistler's celebrated Thames Set in 1871. The plate was cancelled around 1894-95.
$4,000

Little Arthur -  WHISTLER

Little Arthur
Etching, 1857-58, Glasgow 8 (iv/IV), Kennedy 9 (v/V); from a small edition. 2 3/16 x 1 16/16 in. Signed in the plate, lower left. This is a superb, crisp impression printed in black ink on chine appliqué. The paper is a sturdy, white wove and this large sheet measures an astonishing 17 x 11 15/16 in. The condition is fine. Although Kennedy records this as the fifth state, there are only four states as described in the online Glasgow catalogue. "The copper plate may have been reduced in size in London, and Delâtre's name removed, for the fourth state, when Whistler and Haden undertook to print the edition. It was then printed for the English edition of the 'French Set.'" There were two formal editions of the "French Set," ('Twelve Etchings from Nature'); the Paris edition of twenty impressions (3rd state), and the English edition of 50 impressions in the fourth state. This is the finest impression we have seen of this print. The dramatic inking of the plate conveys a Rembrandt like flair of detail and shadow; successfully rendered on a very small scale.
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Little Arthur -  WHISTLER

Little Arthur
Etching, 1857-58, Glasgow 8 (iv/IV), Kennedy 9 (v/V); 61 impressions are noted in the Glasgow catalogue. 2 3/16 x 2 in. Signed in the plate, lower left. This is a fine dark impression printed on light cream wove paper. The margins are wide measuring about 1 to 1 3/8 in. The condition is fine apart from very slight toning along the top edge of the sheet. Although Kennedy records this as the fifth state, there are only four states as described in the online Glasgow catalogue. "The copper plate may have been reduced in size in London, and Delâtre's name removed, for the fourth state, when Whistler and Haden undertook to print the edition. It was then printed for the English edition of the 'French Set.'" There were two formal editions of the "French Set," ('Twelve Etchings from Nature'); the Paris edition of twenty impressions (3rd state), and the English edition of 50 impressions in the fourth state. The dramatic inking of the plate conveys a Rembrandt like flair of detail and shadow; successfully rendered on a very small scale.
$2,000

Little Evelyn -  WHISTLER

Little Evelyn
Lithograph, 1896, Art Institute of Chicago 146, Levy 159; from the pencil signed edition of 21(?). 7 x 4 3/4 in. Signed on the stone with the butterfly monogram. Signed in pencil below the image, also with the butterfly. This is a superb, lifetime impression printed on a light cream Japanese paper. The margins appear to be full and untrimmed. The condition is very good. On the verso is the square Birnie Philip stamp (Lugt 405). This lovely and popular print was published in The Art Journal in an edition of about 3,000 impressions. There was also a posthumous edition by Goulding of 16 impressions printed in 1903. This is a portrait of the daughter of Whistler's longtime friend, David C. Thomson.
$5,000

Long Venice -  WHISTLER

Long Venice
Etching with drypoint, 1879-80, Glasgow 211 (viii/VIII); Kennedy 212 (v/V), edition 36. 5 x 11 15/16 in. Signed in the plate with the butterfly. Signed in pencil on the tab, lower left. This is a very fine impression printed on cream laid paper without a watermark. The condition is excellent. This exceptional panorama of the Grand Canal was published by Messrs Dowdeswell and Thibaudeau as part of "A Set of Twenty-six Etchings" (the 'Second Venice Set') in 1886.
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Longshore Men -  WHISTLER

Longshore Men
Etching, 1859, Glasgow 52 (iii/IV); Kennedy 45 (i/I), edition unknown. 6 x 8 7/8 in. Signed and dated in the plate, lower right. This is a fine, crisp impression printed without much plate tone. The paper is Japanese and the margins are probably full and untrimmed. Very good condition apart from a couple of ink smudges in the margin and two other tiny spots of discoloration. In this, the third state, the verticle lines through the hat of man in the back with the pipe have yet to be removed. This successful print was never part of a published set, i.e. the Thames Set, even though it fits nicely within that theme.
$2,500

Nursemaids, Les Bonnes de Luxembourg -  WHISTLER

Nursemaids, Les Bonnes de Luxembourg
Lithograph, 1894, Art Institute of Chicago 81, Way 84, Levy 79; as published in Art Journal, December, 1894. 9 x 6 1/2 in. Signed on the stone with the monogram. Fine condition.
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Old Battersea Bridge -  WHISTLER

Old Battersea Bridge
Lithograph, 1879 and 1887, Art Institute of Chicago 18 (ii/II), Levy 24,; edition 100. 5 7/8 x 13 in. Signed on the stone with the butterfly signature at left. This is a fine, nicely inked impression printed on greyish chine applique. The margins are wide and the condition is very good apart from faint toning at the extreme edges of the wove support sheet. This impression was published in a portfolio called "Art Notes," printed by Way and published by Boussod, Valadon and Co in 1887.
$5,000

Old Westminster Bridge -  WHISTLER

Old Westminster Bridge
Etching, 1859, Kennedy 39 (i/II), edition unknown. 3 x 7 3/4 in. Signed and dated in the plate. A superb impression of the rare first state. In fine condition. Trimmed on three sides to the platemark and with 1/2" of margin on the top, presumedly by the artist. There is an inscription verso in pencil, "This proof, before steel-facing, was given by Whistler to the recent owner in the year 1865. F.K." (Frederick Keppel). Ex-collection: H.H. Benedict (Lugt 1298).
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Pierrot -  WHISTLER

Pierrot
Etching, 1889, Kennedy 407 (iv/IV). 9 x 6 3/8 in. Signed on the tab in pencil. A superb impression in fine condition. One of the very rare Amsterdam etchings printed in proofs only. This impression bears two tiny pencil circles on the verso which current scholarship suggests is Whistler's way of describing an especially fine impression. Provenance: Private collection, New England.
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Reading -  WHISTLER

Reading
Lithograph, 1879 and 1887, Art Institute of Chicago 17 (iv/IV), Way 13, edition 100. 6 1/8 x 5 in. Signed on the stone with the butterfly. This is a fine chine applique impression printed by Way for Art Notes. The condition is very good. There's slight toning, verso, and an old adhesive residue along the extreme top edge of the sheet. The margins are quite wide. This beautiful study of Maud Franklin is rare today.
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Reading by Lamplight -  WHISTLER

Reading by Lamplight
Etching and drypoint, 1859, Glasgow 37 (iii/III); Kennedy 32 (ii/II), Glasgow lists forty known impressions. 6 1/4 x 4 3/4 in. Signed in the plate, lower right. This is a very fine impression printed on antique cream laid paper without a watermark. The margins appear to be full and untrimmed. The condition is fine. The sitter is Deborah Haden (1825-1908), the wife of Seymour Haden.
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San Giorgio -  WHISTLER

San Giorgio
Etching and drypoint, 1879-80, Glasgow 214 (iv/V), Kennedy 201( iii/IV); 38 impressions recorded in the Glasgow catalogue. 8 1/16 x 11 7/8 in. Unsigned. This is a fine impression before the butterfly in the plate and without a pencil signature. Trimmed along the platemark. The condition is very good. The paper bears a small fleur de lis watermark. This charming print was published as part of the Second Venice Set.
$5,500

Savoy Pigeons -  WHISTLER

Savoy Pigeons
Lithograph, 1896, Art Institure 154, Way 118, Studio edition. 8 x 5 1/2 in. Signed on the stone with the butterfly signature. This fine impression was printed for the Studio in an edition of about 3,000. Full margins. Fine condition.
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Seymour Standing Under a Tree -  WHISTLER

Seymour Standing Under a Tree
Etching with drypoint, 1859, Kennedy 31, (ii/III); edition unknown. 5 1/4 x 3 7/8 in. Signed in the plate. This is a fine, early impression of the second state of three printed on thin Japanese paper. The margins are wide and probably full. The condition is also fine. This early print is described by Katharine Lochnan as, "Whistler's first landscape etching." (See: The Etchings of James McNeill Whistler, Yale University Press, 1984; page 69.)
$3,200

Thames Police -  WHISTLER

Thames Police
Etching and drypoint, 1859, Glasgow 53, (v/v), Kennedy 44, (iii/III); edition unknown. 6 x 8 15/16 in. Signed and dated in the plate, lower right. This is a very good impression as published in the Thames Set. The paper is a thin Japanese and the margins are probably full. (The condition is very good apart from slight toning in the outer extremities of the margins.) Provenance: Kennedy Galleries, NY (their label) and Tracy Dows (Lugt 2427).
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The Beggars -  WHISTLER

The Beggars
Etching and drypoint, 1879-1880, Kenedy 194 (ix/IX), Glasgow 190 (xvii/XVII); 57 known impressions cited in Glasgow. 12 x 8 1/4 in. Unsigned. This is a very fine, dramatic impression printed in 1903 by Frederick Goulding. The paper is a cream, fine laid with a strasbourg lily watermark. The margins appear to be full and untrimmed. "The Beggars" is from Whistler's First Venice Set (A Series of Twelve Etchings). The Glasgow online catalogue of Whistler's etchings does a remarkable job sorting through the seventeen described states which is considerably more than the nine listed by Kennedy. Frederick Goulding, the master printed, was asked to fill out the edition of this print not long after Whistler died. (Goulding printed 22 proofs to complete the project.) Our impression is inscribed on the verso in ink, "F. Goulding, Printer, Nov. 27, 1903." The Glasgow catalogue states, "These last proofs, closely modelled on Whistler's, are fine examples of Goulding's work, dramatic in their use of ink tone to enhance the etched lines. They show the plates had survived in fine condition, and draw to an end the epic history of Whistler's Beggars." The plate was subsequently cancelled.
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The Forge -  WHISTLER

The Forge
Drypoint, 1861, Kennedy 68, (iv/IV), edition unknown. 7 1/2 x 12 1/2 in. Signed and dated in the plate. A fine, dark impression printed on ultra-thin Japanese paper. Probably the full margins with a deckle showing on three sides. Very good condition other than old hinge adhesive in the top corners and minor soiling in the margins. This print is offered with an impression from the cancelled plate. One of the Sixteen Etchings."
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The Girl -  WHISTLER

The Girl
Lithograph, probably 1891, Art Institute of Chicago 47, Way 159. 8 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. Signed on the stone with the butterfly signature. A fine impression of this uncommon print. Full margins. Fine condition. With the round Rosalind Birnie Philip ink stamp, verso, indicating the impression was printed in 1903. There are no know lifetime impressions of this print, only the 1903 edition of 55.
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The Kitchen -  WHISTLER

The Kitchen
Etching, 1858, Glasgow 16 (ii/III), Kenedy 24 (ii/III); 67 impressions are recorded in the Glasgow catalogue. 8 7/8 x 6 1/8 in. Signed in the plate in the lower right. This is a very fine impression printed with plate tone on chine appliqué. The margins are substantial measuring about 1 1/8" to 1 1/2" in. The condition is fine apart from a very faint suggestion of toning within an earlier mat opening and traces of an old adhesive, verso, along the top edge of the sheet. This outstanding early work by Whistler was published in the "French Set" in this state with the name and address of the printer in the lower right ("Imp. Delâtre. Rue St. Jacques. 171."). An impression of the first state has not been located by the Whistler Etchings Project. Thirty-nine impressions of this important etching are listed in museum collections and today it's considered to be an uncommon print.
$9,000

The Little Mast -  WHISTLER

The Little Mast
Etching and drypoint, 1879-1880, Glasgow 196 (v/VIII); Kennedy 185 (iv/IV), edition 50. 10 1/2 x 7 1/4 in. Signed in the plate with the butterfly, upper right. Signed on the tab, lower left, with the pencil butterfly and "imp." This is a very fine impression printed in dark brown ink on cream-colored laid paper. There's a partial Strasbourg Lily watermark showing which appears to be # 301 in the Art Institute of Chicago catalogue of the lithographs. The condition is excellent apart from traces of two old paper hinges on the right side, verso, which are inconsequential. The printed surface is pristine. This outstanding Venice etching was published in the First Venice Set.
$13,500

The Mast -  WHISTLER

The Mast
Etching and drypoint, 1879-80, Kennedy 195, (iv/VI)**, edition unknown. 13 3/8 x 6 3/8 in. Signed in pencil with an elaborate butterfly lower left, just below the image. A superb impression printed in black ink on a full sheet of 18th century laid paper, without watermark. Full margins. Very good condition other than a repair in the margin at right. This is a newly discovered state between iv and v, with the butterfly just added but before the background is cleaned. There is selective inking around the standing figure at right. This remarkable proof impression sheds new light on current Whistler scholarship. Provenance: Knoedler, New York.
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The Mill -  WHISTLER

The Mill
Etching, 1889, Kennedy 413 (ii/V), very small edition. 6 1/4 x 9 3/8 in. Signed in the plate with the butterfly and signed on the tab in pencil. This is a superb impression of the rare second state of five. Fine condition apart from traces of old hinges, verso. Trimmed along the platemark as usual. This late, great Dutch view is presented here in an exceptional impression.
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The Music Room -  WHISTLER

The Music Room
Etching and drypoint, 1859, Glasgow 39 (iv/IV), Kennedy 33 (ii/II); edition at least 54. 5 3/4 x 8 1/2 in. Unsigned. This is a fine impression, selectively inked, and printed on a fine laid paper with a difficult to read watermark. The margins appear to be full and untrimmed. The condition is generally fine apart from a faint suggestion of a circular stain (?) in the right margin, well away from the image. On the left is Seymour Haden. James Reeves Traer is in the middle and Deborah Haden is at right. The Glasgow online catalogue of Whistler's etchings cites 54 known impressions of this work. Provenance: Wunderlich & Co., New York.
$4,000

The Tyresmith -  WHISTLER

The Tyresmith
Lithograph, 1890, Art Institute of Chicago 36, Way 27, Levy 41; as published in The Whirlwind, November 15, 1890. 8 x 7 in. Signed on the stone with the monogram. Full margins. Slight discoloration along extreme outer edges of the sheet.
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The Unsafe Tenement -  WHISTLER

The Unsafe Tenement
Etching, 1858, Kennedy 17 (iv/IV); edition unknown. 6 1/8 x 8 7/8 in. Signed in the plate. This is a very fine impression printed on thin Japanese paper. The condition is fine. The margins measure about 1" along the sides and bottom and 1/2" along the top. With the initials verso in pencil, "EW"; not in Lugt.
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Title page for the French Set (Douze Eaux Fortes d'après Nature) -  WHISTLER

Title page for the French Set (Douze Eaux Fortes d'après Nature)
Etching, 1858, Glasgow 22, Kennedy 25; (only state), edition unknown. 4 3/8 x 5 5/8 in. Signed, dated and titled in the plate. Dedicated to Seymour Haden with "a Mon Viel Ami." This is an especially fine impression printed on light cream laid paper with full margins. (The watermark, Britannia, is listed as #60 (lifetime impressions) in the Art Institute volume II on Whistler's lithographs.) The condition here is very fine. Glasgow cites 56 known impressions which makes this an uncommon print. The initials "RB" appear on the verso in ink which is not listed in Lugt.
$2,200

Vauxhall Bridge -  WHISTLER

Vauxhall Bridge
Etching, 1861, Kennedy 70, (ii/II), edition unknown. 2 3/4 x 4 1/2 in. Signed and dated in the plate. This is a fine, crisp impression printed with light plate tone. The condition is very good and the margins are wide. This impression is printed on a laid paper with a partial crown and shield watermark.
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Venus -  WHISTLER

Venus
Etching, 1859, Kennedy 59, (ii/II); edition unknown. 6 x 9 in. Signed and dated in the plate. This is a superb, beautifully inked impression in fine condition. The paper is an 18th century sheet with a watermark dated 1765. The margins are wide. This beautiful, early work is not easy to come by today.
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